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Creative Racks & Sampling in Live

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    Introduction (1:10)


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    Recording Audio (7:58)


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    Using MIDI to Sample Better (4:22)


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    Getting Creative (3:26)


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    Resampling (3:24)


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    Processing Samples (7:58)


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    When to Use Simpler (4:58)


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    Using Simpler (9:56)


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    Tuning Samples in Simpler (3:33)


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    When to Use Sampler (2:25)


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    Working with Multiple Samples (7:31)


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    Tuning Samples in Sampler (2:46)


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    Key Zones (3:25)


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    Velocity Zones (6:19)


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    Sample Chain Selector (5:45)


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    Modulation in Sampler (7:14)


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    When to Use Drum Racks (2:59)


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    Dropping Samples Presets (1:59)


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    Getting Creative with Drum Racks (3:47)


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    Layering Samples (1:49)


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    Routing in Drum Racks (5:18)


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    Adding Audio & MIDI Effects (3:29)


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    Audio Effect Racks (4:58)


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    MIDI Effect Racks (6:32)


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    Instrument Racks (3:39)


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    Layering Synths with Chains (5:46)


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    Creating a Drum Selector (5:16)


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    Creating a Synth Selector (2:52)


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    Experimenting with Sampler (8:29)


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    Simpler’s Slicing Mode (6:49)


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    Saving & Organizing Presets (5:47)


In this video tutorial series, Ableton Live sage Brian Funk, akaAfroDJMac, shares his secrets for building truly unique sampler instruments and racks. You’ll see not just how to sample, but how each component in a rack builds upon on the others to create way cool instruments and sounds.

AfroDJMac starts with an explanation of sampling and how to record audio in Ableton Live, and then demonstrates how you can streamline the sampling process by sending MIDI notes to your hardware to trigger them automatically. That leads to a discussion on how to think outside of the box when sampling.

Next, AfroDJMac dives into Live’s resampling function, and how you can use it to capture audio during playback. Once the samples are recorded, the next step is to process those samples by cleaning them up and adding effects. AfroDJMac also describes when you might want to use Simpler, the more basic sampler in Ableton Live.

Moving on, you’ll explore when to use Sampler, Ableton Live’s deep and powerful sampler, and how to work with multiple samples within it. Sampler Tuning, Key Zones, Velocity Zones, the Sample Chain selector, and modulation are then all explained and explored, showing you how to make samples that are unique and stand out.

AfroDJMac now turns to the Drum Rack, revealing how it can be used for non-drum sounds, and how to layer non-drum samples in the Cells of a Drum Rack. Routing in Drum Racks is also demonstrated for even more creative control and options.

Then it’s time to delve into the other kinds of Racks in Ableton Live, such as Audio Effects Racks, MIDI Effects Racks, and Instrument Racks, and how each enables further sound design and exploration.

AfroDJMac now talks about the experimental options available, such as how you can stack up to 128 different instruments together, and create Macro knobs to cycle through drum cells or choose between instruments.

Crazy sound design options with Sampler and Simpler’s Slicing mode wrap it up, followed by how to organize your presets for easy management.

If you’re new to Ableton Live and sampling, or an experienced user who wants to get more deep into sound creation, don’t miss “Creative Racks and Sampling in Live”!


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Submitted 4 months ago

one of the best lessons on Live

Covers a huge range of ideas and techniques in a simple and logical order for Live .excellent !

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Ableton Live

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IAN100
Submitted 7 months ago

Great Tutorials

Very good videos and straight to the point!

I am a: Hobbyist, Producer, Beat Maker, Sound Designer, Ableton Live, FL Studio

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BBOBBYB
Submitted 8 months ago

WATCH THIS SET

I use to review videos all the time before I found out groove 3 goes through and cherry picks the reviews it wants to show ; THAT'S WHEN I STOPPED. put the reviews on a review page by author or something would be the right way of doing the reviews (use something easy 4 you that includes all reviews for those who take the time to fill out your reviews, they are there to help you and your costumers,not the one filling them out )
THIS VIDEO SET WAS GREAT ALTHOUGH THE SUNGLASSES IN A DARK ROOM, WERE KIND O F SILLY . HE IS A GREAT TEACHER AND HE SEEMED TO COVER EVERYTHING . THANKS BBOBBYB P.S. (GREAT WEB SITE, PLANED ON ONE MONTH WHEN I BOUGHT, STILL HERE 5 OR 6 MONTHS LATER . LOTS OF INFO) THANKS

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Ableton Live, Cakewalk Sonar, Reason

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tamer
Submitted 1 year ago

great one

greaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat

I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Beat Maker

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serzan82
Submitted 1 year ago

Very helpfull

The best way to learn use ableton and simpler simply. The course is very clear and satifying. I reccomended

I am a: Professional, Producer, Ableton Live, Reason

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Tdub1073
Submitted 1 year ago

Was about to give up on Ableton till I watched these videos!

Coming from the Pro Tools camp(using pt since 2003), I thought it was time to check out another DAW. I felt Ableton Live was the right choice mainly since it's more of a tool for songwriting then other DAWS. Since Pro Tools was very easy for me to learn, I naturally assumed Live would be just as easy. Boy was I mistaken. Live is a completely different animal. I messed around with it for a few days and felt I was going nowhere. I seriously felt like I wasted 3 days of my life- days I'll never get back tinckin I was just about to hang the hat up when I saw a post from someone who was struggling with the learning curve with Ableton Live and the following comment had a link to Groove3 and he/she mentioned how the videos really helped them. So I clicked on the link and the rest is history. That said, I must say that Brian Funk's video's are top notch. He's a fantastic teacher. A great communicator and overall has a great vibe. Out of all the videos on Ableton Live, I've learned more from Brian's videos. He covers all the fundamentals. However, don't take my word for it, check em out and see for yourself! Nice job Brian. Thank you for not letting me end in defeat!

I am a: Student, Semi-Pro, Professional, Musician, Producer, Beat Maker, Audio Engineer, Ableton Live, Logic Pro, Pro Tools, Reason

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Everyone: listen to this guy!

Seriously, thanks Travis. That means a lot to us
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waynevdk
Submitted 1 year ago

Loved it!

I really enjoyed the way the presenter delivered this course and shared his passion for sampling and being creative. I learnt loads from this and will watch it again and again. Thanks!

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician

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Fabio Sirna
Submitted 2 years ago

Precious

I think this is one of my favourite Ableton Live course. It's well explained, and it's packed with advanced info, tips and tricks. Really reccommended!!

I am a: Producer, Professional, Musician, Sound Designer

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19808KP
Submitted 2 years ago

GROOVE 3

you guys rock you guys rock you guys rock you guys rock

I am a: Producer, Professional, Audio Engineer, Beat Maker, Sound for Film/TV

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InstantDj
Submitted 2 years ago

Great course!

This course came under my attention because I once purchased a sample pack by Brian. I just needed some indepth training material to get further with Ableton and thought let's give it a try. I am very happy I did so the course learned me a lot, just what I was looking for. Brian is a great teacher, everything is explained in a clear built up manner. Thanks and I am looking forward to other course by you.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Producer, Musician, Hobbyist

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    In this video tutorial series, Ableton Live sage Brian Funk, akaAfroDJMac, shares his secrets for building truly unique sampler instruments and racks. You’ll see not just how to sample, but how each component in a rack builds upon on the others to create way cool instruments and sounds.

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Creative Racks & Sampling in Live is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 13.
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from one of the best lessons on Live Covers a huge range of ideas and techniques in a simple and logical order for Live .excellent !
Date published: 2018-03-12
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great Tutorials Very good videos and straight to the point!
Date published: 2017-12-22
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from great one greaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat
Date published: 2017-08-12
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very helpfull The best way to learn use ableton and simpler simply. The course is very clear and satifying. I reccomended
Date published: 2017-05-16
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Loved it! I really enjoyed the way the presenter delivered this course and shared his passion for sampling and being creative. I learnt loads from this and will watch it again and again. Thanks!
Date published: 2017-04-23
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Precious I think this is one of my favourite Ableton Live course. It's well explained, and it's packed with advanced info, tips and tricks. Really reccommended!!
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from GROOVE 3 you guys rock you guys rock you guys rock you guys rock
Date published: 2016-12-24
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great course! This course came under my attention because I once purchased a sample pack by Brian. I just needed some indepth training material to get further with Ableton and thought let's give it a try. I am very happy I did so the course learned me a lot, just what I was looking for. Brian is a great teacher, everything is explained in a clear built up manner. Thanks and I am looking forward to other course by you.
Date published: 2016-08-29
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Bang for the buck This is the best consolidation of Ableton core skills I've ever seen. I've seen or read about a chuck of this content, but never gathered together and presented so well. I now have years of methods to experiment within Ableton now!!!
Date published: 2016-08-27
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great Instructional Course I must say that in addition to an online course in Ableton that I am taking, and the Ableton Live Manual and another book on Ableton, this one tool helps me to understand so much more about Ableton and the creative possibilities that exist and I want to thank the creator of this video series for his ability to communicate in a clear and concise way.
Date published: 2016-08-27
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Superb Tutorials on racks and sampling AfroDJMac is one of the greatest guys in the industry and Ableton user, I must thank Groove3 to add this great video series of tutorials, all the ideas and how they are explained are great and useful. Would love to have some additional material like empty Live projects or some of those racks as additional content to download but I think with time and watching the videos I can recreate them. Please ask him to make more videos like these for all of us Groove3 Ableton users, the ideas are super useful.
Date published: 2016-07-29
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Was about to give up on Ableton till I watched these videos! Coming from the Pro Tools camp(using pt since 2003), I thought it was time to check out another DAW. I felt Ableton Live was the right choice mainly since it's more of a tool for songwriting then other DAWS. Since Pro Tools was very easy for me to learn, I naturally assumed Live would be just as easy. Boy was I mistaken. Live is a completely different animal. I messed around with it for a few days and felt I was going nowhere. I seriously felt like I wasted 3 days of my life- days I'll never get back tinckin I was just about to hang the hat up when I saw a post from someone who was struggling with the learning curve with Ableton Live and the following comment had a link to Groove3 and he/she mentioned how the videos really helped them. So I clicked on the link and the rest is history. That said, I must say that Brian Funk's video's are top notch. He's a fantastic teacher. A great communicator and overall has a great vibe. Out of all the videos on Ableton Live, I've learned more from Brian's videos. He covers all the fundamentals. However, don't take my word for it, check em out and see for yourself! Nice job Brian. Thank you for not letting me end in defeat!
Date published: 1969-12-31
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from WATCH THIS SET I use to review videos all the time before I found out groove 3 goes through and cherry picks the reviews it wants to show ; THAT'S WHEN I STOPPED. put the reviews on a review page by author or something would be the right way of doing the reviews (use something easy 4 you that includes all reviews for those who take the time to fill out your reviews, they are there to help you and your costumers,not the one filling them out )
THIS VIDEO SET WAS GREAT ALTHOUGH THE SUNGLASSES IN A DARK ROOM, WERE KIND O F SILLY . HE IS A GREAT TEACHER AND HE SEEMED TO COVER EVERYTHING . THANKS BBOBBYB P.S. (GREAT WEB SITE, PLANED ON ONE MONTH WHEN I BOUGHT, STILL HERE 5 OR 6 MONTHS LATER . LOTS OF INFO) THANKS
Date published: 1969-12-31
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